Year’s End and Yarn Fashion Trends

With 2015 rapidly approaching, most of us reflect upon the last 12 months, some of us actually write up a list of resolutions, while others of us don’t really care.  I would put myself in the last category; not that I couldn’t do with a few of the usual resolutions, such as lose weight, but one does not have to wait until the new year to effect that life change.

 

Over the course of the last several weeks it would seem that I’ve been busy with my yarning, but not in any significant way.  Since I’ve taken up with big, bulky yarns – love them! – my projects have a tendency to last about a day, and then I’m casting about for something else…no pun intended there. I have mentioned, frequently, that I like quick projects for that instant gratification one feels when one is finished, but now, I’m looking for sweater/pullover projects.  The one I started last month turned out to be a dud, and I had to frog the whole thing.  Whoever wrote the pattern didn’t make the sleeves concomitant with the size and I didn’t catch this until I was putting the sweater together.  >:-(  I will be posting the patterns I whipped up with pictures, with either a pattern from me or a link to fiber artist I found.

In the interim, it’s that time for me to post fashion trends information for those of you who are interested.  And guess what?  Bulky yarn is IN!  Enjoy the read.

http://blog.lionbrand.com/2014/12/23/5-knit-and-crochet-and-yarn-trends-for-2015/

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Boobies, baby! Or should I say Booby Baby Beanie…?

I have seen these little beanies around and think they are so cute, so when I had a special request to make one, I thought, sure.  I came up with my own pattern – will post in my links as soon as I can.   In the meantime, I thought I would put up some pictures and a link to my store for those who don’t crochet or don’t want to!  The colors used here were Fisherman and Light Pink.  Of course, everyone is different and the listing itself offers color choices.

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Update 12 /14/2015

Finally got the pattern done!!  Here is the link.

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New Giveaway!

This is my new giveaway offer, geared more towards the crafters out there.  I had to think about this one and finally came up with an option that would make a suitable gift.  So, I have decided to part ways with a lovely wool from Knit Picky Andean Treasures line, in a great color called Embers.  There’s 3 skeins, 330 yards total of DK Peruvian goodness.

Stacked all pretty.

Stacked all pretty.

Artistic, yet simple.

Artistic, yet simple.

Scrumptious!

Scrumptious!

 

 

 

 

 

 

In order to enter,  go to my Facebook page, and like the post that announces the giveaway.  This counts as “one”.  If you want two extra entries, share the post!  When I reach 207 likes on my page,  I will make a video of the drawing and post/announce it on my page.

Good luck!

I Just Don’t Get Socks!

A great palette...

A great palette…

I’ve been crocheting a lot these days.  A lot.  In fact, every project I do seems to be crochet.  I love crocheting because it moves so fast, it’s easy, and versatile.  Because of the larger portion of my crafts appears to be crochet, I’m wondering if I should have come up with a different business name such as “Crocheting Crook” or “Hookin’ Mama”.  You see why I went with Nittin’ Ninja….  Anyway, I got to a point where I just came to a stop.  Writers call it a block, runners call it a wall, and I don’t know what else anyone calls it other than I got stuck.  I was working on a cute little zebra outfit for a baby photo prop and I got stumped on how to create a cute face.  Needless to say, I haven’t done the ears or the obligatory braids, but I truly couldn’t come up with a likeable  muzzle, and button eyes were just a big nothing.  Maybe I need to get the mane and ears on and every thing else will fall into place.  See what I mean?  So I’m done for awhile because…

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We’ve only just begun.

I have started knitting another pair of socks.  For those of you who have read any of my previous entries while I’ve been working on socks, you’re probably rolling your eyes.  Why, Glenda?  Why are you starting another pair?  Because I want to learn socks!  I’ve knit five pairs and used three different patterns in order to get a good fit, and possibly to understand the whole process.  I recently purchased “Sock Knitting: Master Class” by Ann Budd and intend to use that…after I finish these socks!  My problem lies in the short rows, the gusset and whatever else.  These areas are always talked about, but for some reason, it ain’t gellin’.  I figure if I keep following a pattern and keep trying, I’ll remember and one day it’s going to make sense – BOOYAH!  LOL.

How did you guys overcome any learning disabilities, crafts related or otherwise?

See you in the funny pages.

Crochet-A-Long Finished!

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It is cute!

I finished it – then decided to put it up for sale!  LOL  However, sometimes I need a little feedback on the items I’m offering. I put this Halloween Pumpkin Face Throw on sale this morning on my Etsy account. It takes awhile to make, so I felt the pricing was good, but it is only 49″ square.  Feedback, feedback!  Click on the picture if you want to see the Etsy listing with all the pictures.  Thank you guys.

Playing Ketchup

So it’s a Saturday.  For those of you who work at jobs during the week, this is supposed to be a day of rest.  For those of us who work for ourselves and have time management issues, Saturday and Sunday are generally my “do everything you neglected during the week because you couldn’t get focused!” days.  I didn’t realize until recently how prolific I can be, and handling that creativity is difficult! That’s not my bag, man (think 70s lingo here).  I believe I can officially categorize myself as a tinkerer; a person whose mind is everywhere and yet nowhere!  Is this adult ADHD?  Speaking of which, I really need to change my banner…

Grand Opening and coupon!

Hey, everyone.  I opened up an Etsy shop tonight and I’m having a Grand Opening Special.  20% off any purchase and the code is “grandopening”.  I will be putting more items  in the shop, just have to get some good pics going.  If you want to check it out, here’s the link:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/NittinNinja

Now having said that, I promise not to be clogging up your WordPress reader with this info all the time.  Maybe once in a blue moon, because personally, I can’t stand being spammed to death!  Please feel free to pass on this info (of course!) and I’ll see you all in the funny pages.